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Obstetric anaesthesia and analgesia for pregnant women with COVID-19: a narrative review with practical considerations
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  • Weijia Du,
  • Lulong Bo,
  • Zhiqiang Liu,
  • Jinjun Bian,
  • Zhendong Xu,
  • Fuyi Shen,
  • Xianjin Zhou
Weijia Du
Shanghai First Maternity and Infant Hospital
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Lulong Bo
Changhai Hospital
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Zhiqiang Liu
Shanghai First Maternity and Infant Hospital
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Jinjun Bian
Changhai Hospital
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Zhendong Xu
Shanghai First Maternity and Infant Hospital
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Fuyi Shen
Shanghai First Maternity and Infant Hospital
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Xianjin Zhou
Shanghai First Maternity and Infant Hospital
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Abstract

During the COVID-19 pandemic, labour and delivery are not going to be put on hold. Managing anaesthesia for patients with COVID-19 will be a challenge, but there is little available data. Having reviewed the literature and the recommendations of experts, and the knowledge gained from the SARS epidemic, this article examines contemporary thinking regarding COVID-19 and pregnancy, the advantages and difficulties of various forms of anaesthesia, and a number of practical considerations related to the management of obstetric analgesia and anaesthesia for pregnant women with the disease.